The main man and head sponsor of Savills Kip Regatta has walked away head held high, holding aloft the winner’s trophy from one of the Clyde’s major regattas. Andrew Perratt was said to be “delighted” at the glittering awards ceremony hosted by esteemed Cove commodore Mr Eric Robertson, while struggling to speak (there was some discussion as to whether this was emotion or drink related) commodore Robertson congratulated Perratt on what had been a tough offshore course. Quizzed on his tactics Andrew said that the start had been tricky but he had caught a break when the two other favourites in the class had got caught up in a luffing duel at the gun, leaving both struggling to make the line. The first long beat, roughly 15 mins, proved tricky with shifts of 10 – 15 degrees this made running the best line taxing but he managed. After a great run of approx 10 mins it was of great relief to Ian Mcabe (former world Stella drinking champ) that the second leg was a shot triangle. Back in the club house after a full 1 hour and 40 minutes of racing the skipper, nervously guzzling Guinness to the strains of the first of many bands, watched as the clock ticked down. The other two runners had the edge on time! The excitement was only broken when leed kitty advisor and long term supporter of many bars throughout the west coast (Alby Price) realised that a fiver bought three pints, immediately ceasing the advantage he doubled up on the purchasing. To his great relief the wind gods smiled on skipper Perratt and it went light, the tension was broken as the second boat crossed the line, they had worked hard but not done enough, third came some time later and the trophy was safe. Skipper Perratt admitted later that he had been concerned when “dialling up” against the sonata and the flying fifteen but size had won out on the day.
Well done to Cove SC for putting on as usual a cracking day and a brilliant social... well worth a visit!